Several years ago — it was before the Giants won two World Series — I walked into Brian Sabean's office overlooking the field at Scottsdale Stadium during spring training. As he motioned me to a chair, I glanced at his desk. It was piled high with computer printouts that looked like the entire Genome Project.
He pointed to the stacks of paper and started riffling through them. He muttered to himself.
He told me the printouts showed the new reality of baseball. Data proved teams would get a certain window of opportunity to win a world championship. The window would be brief and fleeting and, quickly, the window would close.
He told me the Giants were at the window, peeking into the room. Or something like that.
I took him seriously because I always take Brian Sabean seriously — even when he's not serious.
And he was right. The Giants, up to now, had a three-year window and they aggressively dove through the window, broke the glass, took over the mansion, ate pizza on the fancy couches in the living room.
Has the window of opportunity closed?
That is the operative question as the Giants approach July, as they approach the halfway point of this season with a so-so record.
We don't know yet.